Friday, 13 September 2019

CSM: MDDB Adoption Drive

If you are looking for a pet, be sure to check out the adoption drive this Sunday at Jaya One.
Please adopt and never, ever buy!

For more details, please see link below:
https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter/

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Bangkok: Craftfeteria

During my recent trip to Bangkok, I've stumbled across this gem in Central World. It was an idea I had brewing in my mind but it has materialised here! Unbelievable! What they offered were more for adults and what I had in mind are more for the young adults. It truly was captivating for me and enlightening for sure!





Since I had time to spare so I've tried the DIY lipstick one and it was a breeze even though a little language barrier as the girl can't speak English that fluently. Overall, it was a nice experience and exposure for sure.




So I guess I have to work harder to save more in order for this dream to materialise! Definitely not an easy feat as lots of planning and money involved but fingers crossed! Lets hope for the best!
Look at the crowd after I was done! Time to get the idea brewing more!!!

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Selamat Hari Merdeka!

Words cannot express how lucky we are living in a multi-cultural community in Malaysia. Close knit as it is but there are a minority who still wants to divide us all. Thankfully we are united in our hearts!

Selamat Hari Merdeka yang ke 62!!! Sayangi Malaysiaku!

Friday, 30 August 2019

CSM: The Santai Pop-up Market

If you have no plans for this coming Merdeka weekend, please drop by and holler your support for The Santai Pop-up Market at Sunsuria Forum! The organiser has allotted lots of activities and booths to suit your various palates!
Nyc Nat Nook is joining this market for the first time so hope to see some familiar faces there! We will have lots of handmade crochet gifts and also DIY mosaic kits for the creative minded. Please see location map below, our booth is no.7, facing Focus Point. So come one, come all!

Thursday, 29 August 2019

MPOV: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.75/5
First published: November 1940
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Crime fiction, mystery fiction

A dentist's suspicious death leads Poirot to drill the good doctor's patients, partners, lovers, and friends.

From the Publisher:
What reason would an amiable dentist like Dr. Morely have for committing suicide? He didn't have emotional difficulties, money problems, or love trouble. What he did have was an appointment with Hercule Poirot, who is not persuaded by the suicide story and has therefore taken it upon himself to questions the good doctor's patients, partners, and friends. All he's come up with is the numbing fear that Dr. Morely wasn't an unlikely victim at all. Nor the first.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This is another confusing read! Firstly the death was not as it seemed and then it got more confusing as another body popped up! In the end, with the little tiny hidden clues, Poirot managed to close the case! Assembling all those tiny clues, conjuring up the assumed plots until discovering who the murderer was... this is by far a lengthy one! Even I got confused reading his methodically staged idea before the murderer was disclosed! Phew!

That reason though why the murderer did what he did is so unreasonable and inexcusable! I guess AC wanted to proof that having money and status do make a difference. Poirot was definitely in a dilemma upon finding out the truth. This is definitely an interesting read amidst going round and round. Worth reading when you are clear headed LOL!

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Crochet: bag charms / key chains

I've recently crochet lots of bag charms and key chains for the upcoming The Santai Pop-up Market this weekend at Sunsuria Forum, Setia Alam.
All are my own creations hence I'm really happy at how it turns out! What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • Fibre foam filling
  • Random buttons
  • Lobster clasp / key fob
Aside from these, there are some amigurumi's for sale... not forgetting, lots of DIY Mosaic Kits too! So drop by if you are in the vicinity! Come one, come all!!!

Monday, 26 August 2019

MPOV: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
First published: 1975
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Crime fiction, mystery fiction

The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?

The novel features Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings in their final appearances in Christie's works. It is a country house novel, with all the characters and the murder set in one house. Not only does the novel return the characters to the setting of her first, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but it reunites Poirot and Hastings, who last appeared together in Dumb Witness in 1937. It was adapted for television in 2013.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Oh wow! This is a good one! The tables turned and had me believing otherwise, deceiving me same as how Poirot had deceived Hastings. I just couldn't wait till the end which was so unexpected. I thought Poirot would fake his death but .................

I've not read all of Poirot's cases but I remembered enjoying it's TV series way back then. As such, it was easy to relate the plots and characters as Poirot was a definitive impressionable one. The plots written here was going round and round hence I got confused and couldn't guessed it this time. Plus that unexpected ending ..................

Hastings paragraph:
I don't want to write about it at all.
I want, you see, to think about it as little as possible. Hercule Poirot was dead - and with him died a good part of Arthur Hastings.
I will give you the bare facts without embroidery. It is all I can bear to do.

It sure was so sad the way it ended though in a good note. I guess Christie had a hard time letting Poirot go too since he's her true hero. This was definitely a good bittersweet plot to end a successful hero! Such a dominant yet familiar figure, I guess everything nice has to come to an end. Moving on to other Christie's books... yes, I'm on a AC roll here LOL!

Thursday, 22 August 2019

MPOV: If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.36/5
Published: November 29th, 2018
Author: Zen Cho
Genre: Fantasy fiction, short story

A hapless imugi is determined to attain the form of a full-fledged dragon and gain entry to the gates of heaven. For a long time, things don't go well. Then, it meets a girl. The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog presents an original short story by Campbell Award-nominated author Zen Cho.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This imugi had me in one sitting, finished reading it within the hour! Or two max LOL! Well written no doubt with good plots be it historical or present. Definitely intriguing which kept me continuing non-stop! That ending, I liked it as it's with closure and didn't left me hanging LOL!

Irregardless she had won an award for this short story, it was truly a good read nevertheless. I've always enjoyed Zen Cho's short stories. However I did not really enjoyed Sorcerer to the Crown so hoping The True Queen would be a better one.

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